Posted by: danielfee | February 20, 2012

Travel Photo of the Day 02-20-2012

Salt Creek - Death Valley National Park

Most of the Salt Creek, north of the Furnace Creek area in Death Valley National Park, is usually dry at the surface and covered by a bright layer of salt which was created by flooding and subsequent evaporation of water that periodically flows at the surface. Over time the small amount of solutes in the water accumulate to form this linear salt pan. Another part of salt creek runs with brackish water year-round. It is here where the last survivor of Lake Manly resides, the Death Valley pupfish, which is thought to have been part of a large ecosystem that lived in the lake. Lake Manly dried up at the end of the last ice age that created the present day Death Valley. The pupfish adapted to the shallow, hot, salty water of a particular part of Salt Creek that flows above ground year-round. Although we searched for the pupfish, it was not the right time of year to see them.

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